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Dhaka, 5th April 4, 2011: The legendary Bangladeshi rock band LRB celebrates their 20 years of Glory. The slogan for this 20th anniversary is “Beware of AIDS”. Ayub Bachchu and his band LRB performed at cafe Thirty3 to celebrate their 20 years together.

Guitarist and Vocalist Ayub Bachchu formed the band on 5th April 1991 with his friend Saidul Hasan Swapan (Bass), Shahidul Islam Tutul (Keyboard and backup vocals), Joyy (Drums and back up vocals). The lineup of LRB changed several times and has finally settled to the current line-up since 2003 comprising of Ayub Bachchu (vocals and lead guitar) in the lead role and now includes Swapan(Bass), Masud (Guitar), and Romel (Drums). Shamim Ahamed is currently the band manager.

LRB released their first double album in 1992 and has released 10 albums since that release. These albums include Amader, Bishwe, Ferari Mon (unplugged), Ghumonto Shohore, Hawker, Ochena Jibone, Mone Achhe Naki Nai, Shopno, Shukh, Tobuo and their final release was 'Sporsho'. LRB is the only band in Bangladesh to have the credit of releasing two double albums including their debut album. LRB has also got the credit of releasing a live unplugged album titled 'Ferari Mon' for the first time in Bangladesh. LRB’s top hits in Bangladesh are "Cholo Bodle Jai","Ghumonto Shohore",“Rupali Guitar”, “Ghum Bhanga Shohore”, “Hokar”, “Mahdhobi”, “Ekhon Onek Raat”, "Hashte Dekho","Raater Tara","Chand Mama" and “Ghor Chara Ek Shukhi Chele”, "Mon Chaile mon Pabe". LRB prefers to sing about problems in the world such as love, being lost, and general problems in everyday lives. LRB prefers not to focus on one issue because they want to relate to a wider audience, from the older generation to the youth. Recently, LRB composed two songs in English that will be released soon in an English album and music videos would be produced; the two English songs are “Hold On” and “Look at Me”."

LRB has performed over 1,000 gigs that have included extensive performances in Bangladesh as well as tours in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Their first show outside country was held in India in 1997 at Jadavpur University. Initially the organizers were in doubt about the quality of the band, but the tables turned after their performance and they requested LRB to be the judges of a rock contest which Ayub Bachchu agreed to comply with. In 1998, LRB went for their first tour in United States, where they played in seven states. In 1998, the group also played in Qatar, Abudhabi, Japan, Germany, Austria (Vienna), and Italy. The group played a second tour in the United States in 2000 followed by a European tour in 2002, which included Austria, United Kingdom, and Australia.

From 2003 through 2006, LRB performed twice in Italy (Rome) and Belgium. They also performed in many cities in India as well as Germany (Frankfurt), Singapore, Hong Kong, and Wembley Arena in London. At Singapore they performed at Fort Canyon Park stage. In 2005 and 2006, LRB performed in Salt Lake Stadium (Rock Jugalbandi Part 1 & 2), Science City Theater, Alpha Bangla, ETV Bangla, Najrul Manch, Rabindra Shorobor, Guru Nanak University (Jodhpur), Haldia Utshab,Durgapur University and at Kalyani,Govt Engg. College in their college fest(EXOTICA '08). The most noted performances that LRB cherishes are their gigs in the Wembly Arena in London, Madison Square Garden in New York City (twice), and Ellin Garden in the United Kingdom."

LRB also has used its music to support social causes in conjunction with other Bengali rock groups. Recently, LRB performed in support of children endangered by the recent tsunami & Sidr. Also, LRB has performed in support of several social campaigns including Say No to Drugs, Save Motherhood Project (Organized by Northern Light), and Victims Against Non-violence.
 

Discography :

Studio albums:

L.R.B 1 & 2 (1992)
Shukh (1993)
Tobuo (1994)
Ghumanto Shahare (1995)
Shwapno (1996)
Amader & Bishmoy! (1998)
Mon Chaile Mon Pabe (2001)
Achena Jibon (2003)
Mone Achhe Naki Nai (2005)
Sparsho (2008)
 

  • Live album:
    Ferari Mon... Unplugged Live (1996)

  • Compilation albums:
    Chamak (1994)
    Capsule 500 mg (1996)
    Screw Drivers (1996)
    Dhun (1998)
    6 Band '99 (1999)
    Hit! Run! Out!
    Dabanol (2008)
    Ashor (2010)
    Gorje otho Bangladesh (2011)

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